Call for Papers

Agricultural History Society
Annual Meeting
New York City and Briarcliff Manor, New York
June 23-25, 2016

The Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting - June 23-25, 2016

Town & Country

The 2016 annual meeting of the Agricultural History Society will explore the sometimes amicable, often tendentious, and always mutually dependent relationship between urban and rural spaces through the conference theme “Town and Country.” And what better place to do so than in New York City? From the Dutch patroon estates that once lined the Hudson River, to Long Island potato farms, to commodity exchange floors, to a thriving modern farm market and community supported agriculture movement, “The Big Apple” exemplifies much that is fascinating about the nexus of urban and rural life.

The meeting will begin at City College of New York, on the morning of Thursday, June 23, 2016, then moves to the sylvan Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor, forty-five minutes up the Hudson River, for full conference days on June 24 and 25. In keeping with the theme and locations, the Society especially encourages proposals engaging the connections (or disconnects) between town and country. As always, papers on any facet of agricultural history, broadly conceived, are also welcome.

Information on submissions:

  • The Society takes an expansive view of what constitutes rural and agricultural history. Topics from any location and time period are welcome.
  • The AHS encourages proposals of all types, including traditional sessions with successive papers and commentary, thematic panel discussions or debates, roundtables on recent books or films, workshops, and poster presentations.
  • If you will need technology for presentations, please indicate this in your proposal. There will be a limited number of technology-equipped rooms.
  • The program committee prefers complete session proposals, but individual papers will be considered.
  • The AHS extends a special welcome to graduate students and has a competitive travel grant for students presenting papers.
  • Please note that the conference fee will be bundled with housing and food. Housing Thursday through Saturday nights will be at the Edith Macy Conference Center. We will not have a block room or negotiated rate in Manhattan on Wednesday night. Transportation from Manhattan to Edith Macy on Thursday afternoon will be offered as part of the full conference registration.


  1. Session proposals should include a two-hundred-word abstract for each paper and a one-page CV for each panel member.
  2. Individual paper proposals should consist of a two-hundred-word abstract and a one-page CV.
  3. All proposals should be submitted electronically in Word format. Submit all proposals to Drew Swanson (

Deadline for submissions is December 4, 2015. Questions may be addressed to Drew Swanson (

Program Committee Members: Drew Swanson, Wright State University (Chair); Emily Pawley, Dickinson College; Jenny Leigh Smith, Georgia Institute of Technology; Rebecca Woods, Columbia University.